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Schooner Bowdoin Restoration Ongoing

So proud to have Maine Maritime Academy's Bowdoin here at Lyman-Morse at Wayfarer Marine.

Here is the transcript:

Shipbuilders with Lyman-Morse at Wayfarer Marine in Camden are hard at work on a boat that’s almost a century old.
There’s a new engine, a new deck and a new person at the helm.

“Validating, definitely. Humbling.”

Schooner Bowdoin has a new captain – Emma Hathaway learned about her new role at the end of last year.

“The boat had so much history and has done so much that it’s certainly a very cool thing to be a part of.”

Not only is Schooner Bowdoin the state’s official sailing vessel, it’s the flagship for Maine Maritime Academy’s Small Vessel Operations and Technology Program.

It’s the history that makes this vessel so important to Maine’s future, which is why Captain Hathaway will soon be at the helm of a newly remodeled ship.

“It really is important that they do be maintained. It’s something that goes with being a schooner and the important thing about this vessel is not just the vessel herself, but to maintain the program, this she’s doing and maintain the opportunity for kids to sail on her and to learn.”

Peter Rand, an MMA grad, actually worked on the ship when it was relatively new, as it made voyages exploring the Arctic.

It started sailing in 1921.

“I was fortunate enough to sail on her in 1948, 1949 and 1950 with Admiral McMillan,” Rand tells.

“Probably one of the most important things in my life.”

Other MMA students will get that chance come June, when the vessel is expected to be back in the water sailing smoothly.

“You can teach a lot in the classroom, you can teach a lot tied to the dock, but you really have to have the element of getting underway, coming and going from ports, being shipmates while you’re sailing,” says Eric Jergenson, former Captain of the Schooner Bowdoin.

“This vessel is more than a vessel,” Rand explains. “This vessel is a place for kids to learn about life. This is a vessel that will teach them a lot about themselves. About getting along with other folks in a small area, about being a team and working productively and all while on absolutely a sailing schooner that is just a lovely, lovely ship.”

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